Deep Body Access Through Movement
How do we contact deep muscles in the center of our body? The first video is an explanation of this with some visuals from the skeleton. The second video shows a wonderful movement sequence to help you contact and feel the deep midline muscles in order to apply the pandicular process to them.
Pandiculation releases chronic muscular contraction and resets the resting tonus of the targeted muscles so these muscles are longer and more relaxed when at rest. Pandiculation basicially consists of two parts: a moderate contraction of the targeted muscles - always done in comfort, and a slow, controlled release out of contraction of the targeted muscles - done with awareness and focus on the sensations of the movement.
Pandiculation is a voluntary, "cortical," learning process and especially relies on the motor cortex of the brain. As we move, we create sensory feedback which our motor cortex relies on to then respond with as much efficiency and competency as possible. This results in better body balance, more comfortable muscular and joint movement, and provides a true physiological way to release stress.
The third video revisits another variation of Arch and Flatten, the first and most basic of the Daily "Cat" Movement Routine created by Thomas Hanna. This is a wonderful movement to do after doing the movement sequence in video 2.
Video 1: Releasing Deep Body Muscles
Video 2: Movements for Deep Body Muscles
Video 3: Variation of Arch and Flatten